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C.D. Tenerife
CD Tenerife logo.svg
Full name Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D.
Nickname(s) Tete
Founded 8 August 1922; 101 years ago (1922-08-08)
Ground Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López
Ground Capacity 22,824
Owner Paulino Rivero Baute
President Paulino Rivero Baute
Head coach Asier Garitano
League Segunda División
2022–23 Segunda División, 10th of 22

Club Deportivo Tenerife, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Founded in 1922, the club plays in the Segunda División, holding home matches at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, with a 22,824-seat capacity. The traditional home colours are white shirts and blue shorts.

Tenerife has a history playing in the top flight of La Liga. They have been promoted to the top tier on four occasions, including a 10-year stint from 1989 to 1999. The club managed to finish as high as fifth in the league table on two occasions during that period, which qualified them for the first round of the UEFA Cup. They most recently played in La Liga in the 2009–10 season.

Being based in the Canary archipelago off the Atlantic coast of Africa, while playing its away games on the Spanish mainland, both the club and rival Las Palmas from Gran Canaria are two of the most geographically isolated professional clubs. Tenerife and Las Palmas contest the Canary Islands derby.


Capitães trocando galhardetes - Antigo Campo dos Barreiros, 1925
Match between CD Nacional of Madeira and CD Tenerife in 1925.

Club Deportivo Tenerife was founded in 1922. La Liga started in 1928, but the team played in regional divisions until it was promoted to the Segunda División in 1953. It first reached the top flight in 1961, being immediately relegated back and, in the following 27 years, played almost exclusively in the second level, also spending three years in Tercera División and six – five in a row – in Segunda División B, the newly created division three (in 1978).

In 1985, when Tenerife were relegated to the third division for a second time, Javier Pérez became president of the club. The side was promoted this year to the second level and, two years later, returned to the first, after winning the promotion playoff against Real Betis (4–1 on aggregate).

In 1991, Jorge Valdano took charge of the club as manager, and the Argentine would help rob former side Real Madrid of two consecutive league titles in the last round, to the benefit of Barcelona. In the first season, the Canary Islands outfit barely avoided relegation, but would finish in a best-ever fifth position in the following year, eventually reaching the round of 16 in the subsequent UEFA Cup, losing to Juventus 2–4 on aggregate.

German Jupp Heynckes became head coach of Tenerife in 1995, leading the club to another fifth-placed finish and the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. In the 1996–97 UEFA Cup, the islanders fared better, reaching the last-four after defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv, Lazio, Feyenoord and Brøndby (the winner coming late in extra time from an Antonio Mata free-kick), only bowing out to eventual winners Schalke 04.

Club Deportivo Tenerife league performance 1929-2023
Club Deportivo Tenerife league performance 1929–2023.

Tenerife then went on a downward spiral which eventually led to relegation to the "silver category" in 1999, prompting various managerial changes within the club. In 2001, the club was again promoted, led by Rafael Benítez, who promptly left to take up the manager's job at Valencia; the promotion was achieved in the last match of the campaign thanks to a goal from Hugo Morales.

Match: Tenerife – Real Sociedad, in 2008

Pepe Mel became the new trainer but the first division season never took off, as Tenerife were beaten heavily at home by Barcelona 0–6, which cost the manager his job. Javier Clemente, formerly with the Spain national team, took the reins, but could not help prevent the eventual immediate relegation.

Tenerife suffered from serious economic problems in the following years, owing more than €40 million. President Pérez was replaced with Víctor Perez de Ascanio, who resigned due to bad management, leaving his position to Miguel Concepción, who negotiated with local politicians and businessmen, also creating a construction company as a subsidiary of the side.

On 13 June 2009, Tenerife secured a top flight return after a seven-year absence after a 1–0 win at Girona. In the following season, even though the team held on until the last round, another relegation befell, after the 0–1 loss at third-placed Valencia.

2010–11 brought with it three coaching changes, as Tenerife eventually suffered another relegation, returning to the third division after 24 years. On 2 June 2013, the club, led by Álvaro Cervera, returned to the second level after winning the promotion play-off against Hospitalet (3–2 on aggregate).


Season to season

European cup history

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Last 64 France Auxerre 2–2 1–0 3–2
Last 32 Greece Olympiacos 2–1 3–4 5–5
Last 16 Italy Juventus 2–1 0–3 2–4
1996–97 UEFA Cup Last 64 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 3–2 1–1 4–3
Last 32 Italy Lazio 5–3 0–1 5–4
Last 16 Netherlands Feyenoord 0–0 4–2 4–2
Quarterfinals Denmark Brøndby 0–1 2–0 2–1
Semifinals Germany Schalke 04 1–0 0–2 1–2



  • Copa del Rey
    • Semi-finals (1): 1993–94
    • Quarter-finals (4): 1960–61, 1961–62, 1975–76, 1995–96



Current squad


No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Juan Soriano
2 Spain DF Aitor Buñuel
3 Spain DF Fernando Medrano
4 Spain DF José León
5 Spain DF Sergio González
6 Spain DF José Amo
8 Spain MF Javi Alonso
9 Spain FW Ángel Rodríguez
10 Spain MF Álex Corredera
11 France MF Yanis Rahmani (on loan from Eibar)
13 Spain GK Tomeu Nadal
14 Spain MF Roberto López (on loan from Real Sociedad)
15 France MF Yann Bodiger
16 Spain MF Aitor Sanz (captain)
No. Position Player
17 Spain MF Waldo Rubio
18 Spain FW Enric Gallego
19 Spain MF Álvaro Romero
20 Spain FW Álvaro Jiménez (on loan from Cádiz)
21 Spain MF Teto Martín
22 France DF Jérémy Mellot
23 Montenegro DF Nikola Šipčić
24 Spain DF Nacho Martínez
27 Spain FW Luismi Cruz (on loan from Sevilla)
30 Spain GK Moha Ramos
31 Spain DF Loïc Williams
32 Spain DF Jesús Belza
34 Spain DF Isaac Hernández
35 Guinea-Bissau FW Salifo Caropitche

Reserve team

No. Position Player
29 Spain FW Ethyan González
33 Spain DF Marcos Otero
36 Spain DF César Álvarez
37 Spain FW Airam Guzmán
No. Position Player
38 Spain FW Dawda Dambelleh
40 Spain GK Sergio Aragoneses
41 Spain GK Martín Cascajo

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Spain GK Javi Díaz (at Fuenlabrada until 30 June 2024)
Spain DF David Rodríguez (at Antequera until 30 June 2024)
Spain DF Jeremy Socorro (at Antequera until 30 June 2024)
Spain MF Pablo Hernández (at Melilla until 30 June 2024)
Spain MF Rubén Díez (at Ibiza until 30 June 2024)
No. Position Player
Ghana MF Mo Dauda (at Eldense until 30 June 2024)
Spain FW Dani Selma (at Alcoyano until 30 June 2024)
Spain FW Jorge Padilla (at Mérida until 30 June 2024)
Spain FW Alassan Manjam (at Melilla until 30 June 2024)
Spain FW Elady Zorrilla (at Huesca until 30 June 2024)

Current technical staff

Position Staff
Manager Spain Asier Garitano
Assistant manager Spain Pedro Hernández
Fitness coach Spain Miguel Pérez
Spain Maykol Hernández
Goalkeeping coach Spain Queco Piña
Spain Zebenzui Ortiz
Analyst Spain Carlos Rodríguez
Rehab fitness coach Spain Yeray Abreu
Delegate Spain Víctor Padrón Báez
Kit man Spain Angel Suárez
Spain Jonathan García
Head of Medical Services Spain Dámaso A. Moreno Gudiño
Head of Physiotherapist Spain José Cristóbal Rodríguez
Physiotherapist Spain Alba Pestano
Spain Luis Plasencia
Spain Airam Ramos
Nutritionist Spain Alejandro Triviño
Podiatrist Spain Marta Pérez

Last updated: September 2022
Source: CD Tenerife

International players

See also (related category): CD Tenerife players
  • Argentina Christian Bassedas
  • Argentina Oscar Dertycia
  • Argentina Esteban Fuertes
  • Argentina Diego Latorre
  • Argentina Gerardo Martino
  • Argentina Hugo Morales
  • Argentina Marcelo Ojeda
  • Argentina Pablo Paz
  • Argentina Martín Posse
  • Argentina Fernando Redondo
  • Australia Aurelio Vidmar
  • Austria Stefan Lexa
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Meho Kodro
  • Brazil André Luiz
  • Brazil César Belli
  • Brazil Guina
  • Brazil Leandro
  • Honduras Darixon Vuelto
  • Honduras Gilberto Yearwood
  • Israel Gal Alberman
  • Japan Gaku Shibasaki
  • Martinique Samuel Camille
  • Mexico Gerardo Torrado
  • Montenegro Nikola Šipčić
  • Morocco Moulay El Ghareff
  • Netherlands Roy Makaay
  • Netherlands Ferdi Vierklau
  • Panama Rommel Fernández
  • Paraguay Alcides Báez
  • Paraguay César Cabrera
  • Paraguay Crispín Maciel
  • Peru José del Solar
  • Peru Percy Olivares
  • Poland Tomasz Frankowski
  • Portugal Bino
  • Portugal Domingos
  • Russia Igor Simutenkov
  • Senegal Sylvain N'Diaye
  • Senegal Amath Ndiaye
  • Serbia Miroslav Đukić
  • Serbia Slaviša Jokanović
  • Serbia Veljko Paunović
  • Serbia Uroš Račić
  • Slovakia Róbert Mazáň
  • Slovakia Samuel Slovák
  • South Africa Sizwe Motaung
  • South Africa David Nyathi
  • Spain Juan Carlos Aguilera
  • Spain Francisco Arencibia
  • Spain Ángel Arocha
  • Spain Rubén Cano
  • Spain Pier
  • Spain Juan Antonio Pizzi
  • Spain Eleuterio Santos
  • Spain Víctor
  • Spain Voro
  • Sweden Bengt Andersson
  • Tanzania Shaaban Chilunda
  • Tunisia Haythem Jouini
  • United States Shaq Moore
  • Uruguay Carlos Correa
  • Uruguay Javier Zeoli
  • Venezuela Julio Álvarez
  • Venezuela Dani Hernández
  • Venezuela Jonay Hernández
  • Venezuela Rafa Ponzo
  • Venezuela Josmar Zambrano

Notable coaches

  • Germany Ewald Lienen
  • Italy Mauro Sandreani
  • Paraguay Heriberto Herrera
  • Portugal Artur Jorge
  • Spain Raül Agné
  • Spain David Amaral
  • Spain Gonzalo Arconada
  • Spain Xabier Azkargorta
  • Spain Rubén Baraja
  • Spain José Antonio Barrios
  • Spain Fran Fernández
  • Spain Víctor Fernández
  • Spain Rafael García Cortés
  • Spain Javier García-Verdugo
  • Spain Satur Grech
  • Spain Benito Joanet
  • Spain Joseíto
  • Spain Juan Manuel Lillo
  • Spain Aritz López Garai
  • Spain Antonio López


Fans of Tenerife are called Chicharreros because in early days, the inhabitants of a small fishing village called Santa Cruz (later the capital of Tenerife) consumed "chicharros" (Atlantic horse mackerel) as a main part of their diet.

Other inhabitants of Tenerife and the Canary Islands used the moniker as a pejorative name, but finally the inhabitants of Santa Cruz accepted it affectionately.

See also

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